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Diary Dates


2017 IOM Tour Dates and Venues

Saturday 8th April: St Thomas Douglas - 8.00pm Evensong
Sunday 9th April: St Thomas Douglas - 11.00am Eucharist
Sunday 9th April: St Paul Ramsey - 6.30pm Evensong
Monday 10th April: Kirk Malew - 8:00pm Evensong
Tuesday 11th April: All Saints Douglas - 8.00pm Eucharist
Wednesday 12th April: St Matthew Douglas - 8.00pm Evensong

Tursday 13th April: Choir Returns home to Broughton

Wednesday 12th April

Men's Voices sing Compline at 8.45 pm.
No Choir Practice.

Thursday 13th April - Maundy Thursday
Eucharist of the Last Supper 8.00 pm – Full Choir, but not Probationers.
Surplices and ruffs. Remember!!

Friday 14th April - Good  Friday
Mattins & Litany at 11.00 am - Full Choir.

Saturday 15th April – Holy Saturday
Easter Vigil sung by Men’s Voices
Practice 7.30 pm.  Service 8.00 pm.

Sunday 16th April - Easter  Day
Services at usual times on this important day

Monday 17th April 
Annual Football Match for Dads and Lads. Broughton School Field 10.00 am.

Wednesday 19th April
Because of the variety of School Easter Holidays,
practice as usual this Wednesday.
Easter Wednesday break later!

Wednesday 26th April
Choir Easter Holiday Break.
No Choir Practice

Choir Services on Sunday 23rd & 30th April at usual times.


Friday 7th & Saturday 8th July
Choir of senior boys and gentlemen travel to Cambridge.
Boys attend a masterclass with Dr Stephen Cleobury, Director of Music, King’s College;
attend Evensong in the College Chapel; rehearse for the Wedding.
Wedding of former Chorister, Paul Hodgson, in King's College Chapel

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 11th, 12th, 14th December
Carol Concerts, Parish Hall

Friday 15th December Carol Singing Evening
Broughton Club etc

Saturday 16th December
Carol Singing Sainsbury’s.

Saturday 23rd December
Carol Service Parish Church NB!

Monday 25th December
Christmas Day Eucharist 10.00 am


Evensong at Cartmel Priory (May / June)

Senior Boys’ trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach (late September /early October)

Friday 7th January
Hot Pot Supper and Awards Evening

Tuesday 3rd April – Monday 9th April (Provisional)
Isle of Man Holiday Course
The hotel manager in the IOM has already advised that they are 'getting very full, very quickly' for the 2018 season, and is requesting the likely dates for the Course!

... and  a few bits and pieces

We  have a superb group of boys in the stalls  at the present time, but we are always on the look out for the top singers of the future ...

If you feel your son benefits from membership of Broughton Choir, do make sure you tell other parents about this quite unique group of young people, and the opportunities both musical and social on offer.
We want the very best boys available in our stalls!
Auditions are currently taking place. Previous musical experience is not required. We are looking for bright boys, with a good level of general intelligence and the beginnings of a voice. Boys usually take up places between the ages of 7 and 11, but those approaching 7, are very welcome to come along to audition.....and hopefully reserve a place for the future –  indeed one very enthusiastic six year old recently did  just this and is now a 'Waiting Boy'!

Service Sheets
The  monthly Service Sheet, which in addition to lists of hymns and psalms, also includes details of Evensong Anthems and Service Settings, is e mailed to all Parents, Choristers and Friends of the Choir. The Boys, particularly those on the chairs, find it very useful to have a copy to put in their hymn books.

Name Tapes
Please put these on sweat shirts, ties, ruffs, surplices and cassocks. This saves so much time when items go missing –  as they occasionally do!!

Absence Slips
Thank you for continuing to return these after absences. Could I please ask, however,  that if an absence is foreseen, the slip (or e mail message) comes in beforehand whenever possible.  This helps so much with regard to distribution of music, and other preparations for Services and practices.

Absence Slips can of course  be downloaded from the splendid Choir Website ( which Mrs Sandra Buckland kindly looks after for us.

... and  finally, don't  forget

that the splendidly produced monthly  magazine 'Broughton Outlook'  will keep you up to date with Parish 'happenings', and regularly includes amongst its features, Choir news and Photographs.
Copies can be purchased at the back of Church or you can have them delivered to your home.

With very best wishes
John Catterall

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